Introduction: How to Make an Apple Garland for Fall or Back to School

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Anjeanette, of RootsAndWingsCo made this adorable apple garland out of felt and material. It was a simple project that even those who say they can't sew-can do! (As long as you can thread your needle.)

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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I started with felt in three colors. Then I found some coordinating patterned fabric for each color.

Step 2: Make Pattern

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I hand drew my apple shapes. I wanted them to be individual so I didnt use a pattern. You could easily do a search for apple and use something if you need a pattern.

Step 3: Cut Out Apples

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Rough cut around the apples. Make sure to leave over 1/4 inch around your shape.

Step 4: Lay Out Fabric/Felt

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This part is a little tricky but if you do it right, it saves many steps and is fun. You layer your felt and your fabric. Since I was using my garland in my front window, I wanted it to be double sided. I did rough cuts of the felt and the fabric about 1/2 bigger all the way around, than my apple drawing.

Start with a layer of your felt.

Next is a layer of your patterned fabric facing down.

Another layer of your patterned fabric facing up.

And the top layer is another layer of the felt.

I layered them in a way that you can see the direction of the material, but really I lined them up in the corner.

Step 5: Top Material With Pattern

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I layered one of my apple drawings on top of the stack.

Step 6: Sew Through All Layers

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This is my favorite way to sew with felt. Sewing paper is not good for your needle (and cutting paper isn't good for your scissors) so remember to change out your needle for *real* sewing.

With a very short stitch length, sew through all the layers using your drawing as your guide.

Step 7: Peel Off Paper

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The paper should pop off almost on its own. It may take just a little careful help from you. Take the paper completely off.

Step 8: Cut Felt

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Carefully snip just the outside layer of felt - enough so you can get your scissor blade under just the felt layer. (You do not want to cut through all the layers here. That would defeat the whole purpose. )

Step 9: Cut Inside of Felt

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Carefully cut around the inside of the apple. I left over 1/4 inch from my stitch line. Flip it over and do the cut out the center of the other side too.

Step 10: Cut All Layers of Apple

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Cut through all the layers around the apple shape. Again I left about 1/4 inch from the stitch line.

Step 11: Cut Out Stem and Leaves

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I cut green leaves out of felt and then brown rectangles out of felt. The brown is actually twice as long as you want your finished stem. I only used one leaf for each apple. I looped the brown rectangle around the top of the apple, with the leaf just under one side. I stitched the bottom of the stem. This stitched both the front and the back of the stem to the apple. I also stitched further to sew the middle of the leaf to the apple.

Step 12: Thread Ribbon Through Loops

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I threaded ribbon through the loops made from the stems. I rotated the apples so that the leaf faced forward on one and backwards on the other. Again, this was done because I want mine to be double sided.

Step 13: Finished Product

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Voila! You have a freaking adorable garland for the fall. I stitched this together in time for the first of school and will keep it up well into fall.

Comments

EvaO (author)2014-09-23

This is a great idea! Since I prefer Christmas projects, I think I will adapt this idea and make Christmas trees and ornaments for the garland as well as ornaments for the tree itself.

nigel_m (author)2009-09-04

Great instructable, we will be running a Saturday workshop to decorate our community centre for the onset of fall.

0jack (author)2009-08-25

Your execution is utterly charming. I think it would do for a very nice mobile as well.

canida (author)2009-08-19

Cute! I like the felt-on-fabric technique. Oh, and if you reply directly to Lemonie's comment he'll get a notification. ;)

rootsandwingsco (author)2009-08-19

LOL, Lemonie, I referenced myself, Anjeanette, in third person because there are 3 of us that run our blog together. We tend to do this somewhere just to note which of us made a certain project (though many times all of us make the projects together). Hope that helps with the confusion.

lemonie (author)2009-08-19

Why do you refer to Anjeanette in the third person, are they not you?

L

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